I apologise for writing here about a second piece of art currently exhibited at MONA, but The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody (2008) is confronting in the most beguiling way, drawing you in even as you’re not sure you want to get too close.

This too-real girl in a cage from Boody (NY, NY, USA) is not the first time I’ve seen life-like sculpture. Australian artist, Ronnie van Hout made an excellent impression of himself with a bird in his hand which I saw exhibited in the Linden Gallery in Melbourne Australia in 2003. But what makes Boody’s installation so compelling is the age of the girl, her sleep-like but-awake repose, and the cage she’s been placed in.

The Mice and Me brings this to mind: Girl – vulnerable – seductive – true – being rodent-explored – being caged – being stilled – being innocent – needing our protection – except ‘I’ll do as I want!’ – forever and in perpetuity.

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody is a clothed silicone life cast figure with human hair and glass eyes enclosed in a stainless steel cabinet with moss, surgical kidney dish, beaver pelt, rodent feed, mice, timer and water pump system. A truly extraordinary piece of art to take in.

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2 thoughts on “Week #6 The Mice and Me: sculpture

  1. Ok lots of questions… why the apology? What’s wrong with posting from MONA twice? Are the mice alive and real? Is ‘I’ll do as I want ” quoting the girl or the cage owner?

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    1. Ms Purdy, the apology is for drawing on something for a post that I saw 2 weeks ago, and because it’s from the same collection that Arthur Boyd’s, Burning Melbourne, is from; which is no excuse when you ask me like that. The mice aren’t alive but real (I would think) certainly from the look of them. They are bright in that way that life makes matter real; the true virtue of the piece. ‘I’ll do as I want’ ?? is not quoting the artist. These are my words, added in on the blog because there is something that we section off in our ‘true’ ability to accept girls in our society other than in a frivolous manner, or seeing them as ‘made up’. We (in western society) even as we reject them in this, hold them up to this standard – presenting the double bind to them – and yet, what it means to me is: ‘I will be as feminine as I want! And take that!’ In other words: Girls’ dreams are as valid, as potent, and as important as any creature with agency on our planet.

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